Mercer Island’s Nate Robinson competes in the 100 yard backstroke during the 3A SeaKing district swim championships Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. Robinson placed eighth overall with a time of 56.35 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island third at SeaKing district championships | Prep boys swim and dive

The Mercer Island boys swim and dive team placed third overall at the 3A SeaKing district II championships, which wrapped up Feb. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool.

The Islanders finished Saturday’s final round with a team score of 180. Bellevue won the meet with 305 points. Bainbridge was second with 254 points.

Mercer Island had an event winner in Ben Dixon, who won the one-meter dive with a top score of 401.5. Teammate Gabriel Neale placed fourth in the event with a score of 352.6.

Killian Riley was runner-up in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.17, finishing seven-tenths of a second behind Bellevue’s Jackson Dudley. Riley also placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:01.16).

The Islanders placed third in each of the three relay events. The team of Nate Robinson, Kyle Bailey, Christopher Shin and Joseph Li was third in the 200 medley relay at 1:41.32. Evan Hill, Carson Coe, Riley and Li were third in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:30.15. Robinson, Hill, Hunter Peshkin and Riley placed third in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:20.61.

Hill placed fourth for the Islanders in the 100 free (49.25) and Bailey was fifth in the 200 IM (2:01.22).

Peshkin qualified for state in the 200 yard freestyle on Saturday, posting a qualifying time of 1:50.16. Peshkin finished seventh overall in the event.

Next, Mercer Island’s state qualifiers will compete at the 2017 boys 3A swim and dive state championships, which will take place Feb. 17-18 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Mercer Island’s Killian Riley competes in the 500 free Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. Riley placed second with a time of 4:47.17 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island’s Kyle Bailey competes in the 200 IM Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. Bailey placed fifth with a time of 2:01.22 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).